The 2012 Paralympic Marathon was held on Sunday 9 September and it was thought a few extra cheers for Team GB especially David Weir the Gold Medal hopeful would be a damned good idea and a Marathon of 26 miles just using your arms for propulsion in a hi tech tri wheeled high speed wheelchair is also worthy of support. Seriously hat’s off to these guys. Super humans they certainly are!
So armed with my lightweight Fuji camera a decade old it was decided to lose my cherry and take some photos of paralympian’s in action through the streets of London. This could be interesting. They can’t go that fast can they? Little did I know that these guys can reach speeds of over 20mph! After just getting front or back wheels and the odd arm on the first lap and just two laps to go my photographic skills were coming into question. Maybe should have brought the DSLR after all.
Results of my photo endeavours below and throughout this article of both the men’s and women’s races. Couple of good shots and the rest average but as there was no coverage of this event by C4 apart from the start or finish thought to give people a look at what the event is all about.
This event was a real eye opener and when leaving it made you appreciate having arms and legs and sight (the blind and upper body amputee race was earlier at 8.30pm) and makes you realise the power of the human spirit to rise above anything and go for GOLD!
So what did David Weir have to say about this mammoth performance? According to the media in interviews he had this to say
‘I thought if they kept this speed up I was going to die. Then I had a shot of energy drinks, I had to use that early on’
‘The support was amazing the whole way through.
Here’s how David Weir and his 4 Gold Medals stack up in the London 2012 Paralympics Top Team GB medal winners.
Sarah Storey (Cycling) Four golds
David Weir (Athletics) Four golds
Sophie Christiansen (Equestrian) Three golds
Ellie Simmonds (Swimming) Two golds, one silver, one bronze
Natasha Baker (Equestrian) Two golds
Hannah Cockcroft (Athletics) Two golds
Information Courtesy BBC